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Aerospace and other engineering student in Akronauts at The University of Akron prepare to launch their rocket

Aerospace Systems Engineering Undergraduate Program

Outside of the U.S. Air Force Academy, The University of Akron is the only institution in the United States that offers a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Systems Engineering. Our curriculum focuses on designing and building vehicles that fly, like rockets, satellites, and planes along with project management skills.

Program Highlights

  • Co-op program provides paid, flexible, industry experience and is a great way to earn money while getting experience.
  • Nationally recognized design teams including the Akronauts and Aeros to apply what you learn in the classroom while you make friends, travel, and build your resume.  
  • Many scholarships are available to significantly decrease the cost of going to school, from major specific scholarships to some you’re automatically considered for when you apply.
  • Tutoring and academic support that the College provides at no additional cost to undergraduate students majoring in any field of engineering and engineering technology.

Admission Requirements

Freshman applying for admission into the aerospace systems engineering undergraduate program must meet the following requirements:

  • High school cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.50 or
  • ACT composite score of at least 27 or SAT composite score of at least 1,280 (out of 1,600)

Advancing in your Aerospace Systems Engineering Program

We track your progress to make sure you are ready for the classes you take. As you progress through your classes, your status will be automatically updated so that you have access to the classes that you need, when you need them.

All students gain access to 300 and 400 level engineering classes once you:

  • Have a cumulative GPA at UA of 3.0
  • Complete Calculus 2 with a C- or higher
  • Have a 2.3 grade point average in at least three of the following categories:
    • in all coursework
    • in all required mathematics coursework
    • in all required science coursework (Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science, Biology)
    • in all engineering coursework

Admissions process: Learn how our engineering admissions process works.

Deadlines: Review deadlines and important dates in the Office of Admissions.

How to apply? See step by step details on how to apply to The University of Akron.

Career Opportunities

Aerospace systems engineering is unique from an aerospace engineering degree in that it teaches you aerospace engineering fundamentals, as well as project management skills. This equips you to move quickly into the role of a project manager and to eventually lead multidisciplinary teams.

Individuals who graduate with a B.S. in Aerospace Systems Engineering from The University of Akron make on average a starting salary of $68,200. Our graduates are working at Meggitt, Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX, to name a few.

Aerospace engineering student at The University of Akron

Student spotlight

Aerospace engineering student at The University of Akron

“The opportunity to be on the Akronauts sold me. Designing and building a rocket and participating in NASA sponsored competitions sounded exciting. Team members have gone on to companies like Virgin Galactic, NASA, Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman.”

—Jonathan Davis, majoring in Aerospace Systems Engineering

Curriculum

To finish this degree program, students must complete several required co-ops with corporations or governmental entities.

International students may not be able to participate in co-ops based on export control laws. Because co-ops are required, you will not be able to complete the degree program.

Accreditation

The Aerospace Systems Engineering undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org, and has specific program educational objectives and student outcomes that prepare graduates to enter the professional practice of engineering.

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